The “But God” Factor

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But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much… Ephesians 2:4

In helping my children with homework… especially math, which in my mind should never change over time. I mean, it’s numbers people, if one way works in figuring out the computation why do we need to factor in SO many other methods to complicate things!? Math is just hard enough doing it ONE way! (Do I hear any other amen’s out there?!) It seems over the course of time my six children have brought home six different methods of doing the same 3 digit subtraction problems I did growing?!

Now, if I’m completely honest I may have had to say a time or two…or six, I can help you with the math but not the method, I only know one way to get to the answer. None the less I then stay up all night researching the current “new and improved” way of doing math in order to assist my children in the way they are being taught. (Also so that no one can accuse me of being an old fuddy duddy stuck in her old ways… at least not to my face.)

As many times as I’ve heard the phrase, “But mom…” whether regarding homework or anything else for that matter I am reminded of the many times in His Word we are given a “But God…” and that’s a factor, although I may not always understand, I want to always live by!

Eph. 2:1 states we were dead in our sins but by verse 4 we see a “But God…” He chose to make us alive again in His great love, mercy and grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus if we just believe! (John 3:16) Not only that but He seated us at the most important table we could ever want to be at! With a purpose and activities for us to do well before our lives even began! (Eph. 2:6,10) (I’m sure mine was not math. 😉 ) Now that’s a “But God” I’ll cling to! No more striving to prove I’m good enough, to be accepted…to truly live! I already have a seat at His table and a job created only for me, I just need to stop looking around and running the rat race of comparison and focus my attention, eyes and heart on Him! (Hebrews 12:2)

There are so many “But God..” instances in the Bible, Genesis 50:20 But God turned bad to good, Judges 15:18-19 But God provided , 1 Samuel 23:14 But God saved his life, Genesis 31:7 But God protected me, Genesis 20:2-3 I screwed up royally “but God moved in unexpected, unpredictably, miraculously, and rescued..” Are we looking for the “But God” factor in our lives? It’s usually unexpected, unpredictable, miraculous and original but are we willing to put in the work to seek Him in His Word and through prayer continuously in order to know Him and sense Him more deeply all around us?

Unlike the world with it’s ever changing methods God is the factor that stays the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, ever faithful even when we are not. (Hebrews 13:8, 2 Tim. 2:13) He can be trusted so praise Him that even though there seems no way I’ll persevere through all this math homework and I just might be dreaming Zorro will break through the ceiling and rescue me for there are a great many things I can’t do, I will not give up hope that all things are possible. (Phil. 4:13, Luke 1:37) I can’t, “But God” can!

Independent Read: 1 Peter 5:10

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